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educator , writer , folk singer

Oscar Brand, Canadian folk singer, writer, educator. Program coordinator National Hadassah, 1989-1998; trustee BMI Foundation, since 1995; music director Rukeyser Guide, 1996. Served as sergeant Medical Corps Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member National Academy Popular Music (board directors since 1969, host longest running radio show in history Guinness Book World Records).

Background

Brand, Oscar was born on February 7, 1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Son of Isidore and Beatrice (Shulman) Brand.

Education

Bachelor, Brooklyn College, 1942. Political Science Laureate, Fairfield University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Winnipeg, 1987.

Career

Host, performer, Folksong Festival, Station Way of New York City-AM-FM, New York City, since 1945. President Harlequin Prodns., Inc., Gypsy Hill Music, Inc. Trustee Newport Festival Foundation.

Member of faculty Hofstra U., New School, 1970-1980. Music adviser national board Young Women’s Christian Association. Member creative board Sesame Street, President's Committee on Nutrition.

Consultant Bill Moyers, Public Broadcasting Service-television, 1983. Curator Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Works

Membership

Program coordinator National Hadassah, 1989-1998. Trustee BMI Foundation, since 1995. Music director Rukeyser Guide, 1996.

Served as sergeant Medical Corps Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member National Academy Popular Music (board directors since 1969, host longest running radio show in history Guinness Book World Records).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, carpentry.

Connections

Married Rubyan Saber (divorced). Children: Jeannie, Eric, James. Married Karen Lynn Grossman, June 14, 1970.

1 child, Jordan.

father:
Isidore Brand

mother:
Beatrice (Shulman) Brand

spouses:
Rubyan Saber

Karen Lynn Grossman

children:
Jeannie Brand

Eric Brand

James Brand

Jordan Brand